How to Quit Bad Habits

Bad habits

How To Quit Bad Habits For Good! Most of us have a bad habit or two we couldstand to lose, but habits are hard to break. Whether your bad habit is smoking, procrastinating, overspending, or anything else, here are ten tips to break free of negative behavior patterns.

1, Acknowledge The Habit.

You can’t begin to change a habit if youdon’t realize it exists in the first place, or perhaps you keep ignoring it. Unfortunately, this happens all the time. Your friends and family try to help you seeyour bad habit and protect you from it, but it’s as if you have a blindfold on because somehow you just don’t see it. The first step to creating any change in lifeis to realize that change needs to happen. Start by acknowledging the bad habit and thatyou have the power to do something about it.

2, Understand Your Triggers.

What’s causing your habit?

Whether you realize it or not, habits don’t just happen, they’re triggered by something else. You buy things online because it makes youfeel good. You smoke when other people smoke. You bite your nails when you’re nervous. Be patient when trying to figure out yourtriggers, but also be very aware. Watch yourself for a few days, or even a week to understand what’s triggering your habit. When you figure out your triggers, write them down so you can become more attuned to when they happen, and why they happen.

3, What Need Is The

Habit Fulfilling?

Understanding your triggers and determining what need your habit satisfies will require some soul searching, but that’s the wholepoint. Your habit exists for a reason. 

It meets some kind of need, and it’s upto you to find out why. Review the triggers you wrote down, and determine what need the habit is satisfying. Maybe your habit is helping you deal withstress, or helping you cope with feelings of boredom, sadness, loneliness, not feeling good enough about yourself or providing you with a temporary sense of comfort. Whatever your reason might be, write it down so you can better understand how you can fill your needs in a positive way.

4, Change Your Environment.

Over time, if you repeat the same behaviors in the same place, your surroundings can become a trigger sometimes very subtle to notice.

For example: If you go on smoke breaks inthe office parking lot, the parking lot itself can become a cue to smoke. Switch up your surroundings in even the smallest way and it will make a big difference.

5, Go Slow And Make Tiny.

Changes Forming new good habits takes time and effort, but breaking established bad habits may be even harder. So be patient with yourself and instead of making dramatic adjustments, try focusing on one habit and the smallest steps you cantake.

For  example: with food and dieting, small changes like reducing to one pack of sugar or switching cream in your coffee to sugar-free almond milk can make a big difference in the long run.

6, Remind Your Future-Self.

About AvoidingBad Habits Even with the best intentions, when our willpower fades, we fall into bad habits.

For example: you might promise only to havetwo drinks when going out with friends, but you forget that promise completely as soonas you step into the bar. Try setting up reminders for your weakest moments.

7, Do a Review.

When You Have a BadHabit Relapse Chances are you're going to have bad days. Setbacks are normal, and you should expect them. So, have a plan to get back on track, and use the relapse as a way to understand what happened and how you can avoid it from happeningin the future.

8, Fine Yourself for Each


Make your bad habit a little more painful, and you might ditch it for good! Money is a great motivator. Try using the "swear jar method,” or payyour friends $1 each time they catch you doing that bad habit. It works the other way too - reward yourself for beating your habit every day.

9, Train Yourself to Think

Differently About Your 

Bad Habits.

Even if we hate a habit we're doing, like smoking or biting our nails, we tend to continue doing them because they provide us with somesort of satisfaction or psychological reward. Catch yourself thinking any positive thoughtsor feelings about your bad habits, and reframe them to remind you of their negative aspects.

10, Learn From Your Mistakes.

If you have slip ups, don’t let them discourageyou. Although they aren’t ideal, they can happen. The key is to learn from your mistakes and prevent them from happening again. Don’t be too hard on yourself to the point where you just want to give up. On the other hand, don’t give in to yourhabit to the point where it once again controls you.

Changing a habit starts with changing your thinking and committing to becoming a better version of yourself. Your success in changing a habit really just comes down to how badly you want it. 

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